Almost 2 years ago I stayed in an annex from the owner of Venecia for 1 night, when I wanted to pay up after one night the small, dark and dingy room suddenly was € 4,- more expensive than quoted on the previous night. The owner got very angry when I asked him how this happened and it took me a while to actually pay the € 20,- that had been quoted instead of the € 24,- ending up on my bill for some reason. He told me to leave immediately.
Recently, this April, I went to Granada with my boyfriend, we intended to stay 3 nights and since the place had looked so nice 2 years ago I decided it might have been miscommunication and gave it another chance. Wrong decision:
When on day 2 we wanted to our room before heading for the Alhambra around 3 pm in the afternoon we found our room empty!!! 5 beds had been made. We were together using two single beds in a room that also contained a bunkbed and an extra matrass. This time all of them were made and the matrass had been moved from underneath the bunk to the middle of the room.
When we shouted for help at the closed reception, we had to wait a while, because the owner was also, as it turned out fighting with a French couple to whom the same had happened. They also found their room empty and their suitcases locked up in reception, just like all our stuff that was lying around in the room and by the sink in the room!!! Again it took ages to get our stuff, get my passport back from the owner (I think he's taking them because he knows he's dodgy and is afraid people may take off angry without settling the bill or something.. ) and actually pay for the 2 past nights. After all. We were just going to change our shoes in order to go the Alhambra that afternoon! Needless to say the owner again didn't listen, told us it was our own fault and we weren't having it. We just wanted to go, book another place and never see, smell or hear this guy again! I am convinced that the owner saw an opportunity to make more money out of the room by having 5 guests in it rather than just the 2 of us and decided to take his chances. I have done a lot of travelling, both in Spain, but also in various countries around the world and have never seen anything like this. This man is a disgrace for the Spanish, for the wonderful friendly hospitality around.
Luckily we found a new and nicer room with for only € 35,- (instead of the € 30 we paid for a room in Venecia with shared toilet -without seats- and shared bathroom with luke warm water at best) two doors down from Venecia in the very friendly, and unlike Venecia very professional hostal Austria 2 doors further down on the same road see: http://www.hostalaustria.com/
Also if you're not sure where to stay, the tourist office is less than a 5 min walk away from hostal Venecia, they give away free maps of Granada, with not just interesting things such ad viewing points, but also where one can find affordable 1 and 2 star hostals.
Safe yourself the hassle, enjoy your holiday and rather be safe than sorry, Do not go to hostal Venicia in Granada. Granada has plenty of accommodation on offer, affordable in the city centre and chances are that most of them are better than Venecia. Which isn't much competition anyway.
Enjoy your stay in Granada by NOT staying in hostal Venecia!!!
Here's 3 bad experiences in one review about hostal Venecia. Two of which my own, one of which we observed happening to other people. Don't take any chances if you intend to enjoy your holiday.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in central Granada, at the foot of the Alhambra, the most visited monument in the whole country, a short walk from Plaza Nueva, the Cathedral, the Albaizin, Alcaiceria and other interesting sites of Granada, is the Venice apartments. Clean, quiet, great staff and reasonable prices are the services provided by this family property, which has over 15 years serving customers worldwide. ... more less
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